Today for Frank Tassone’s Haikai Challenge We have been asked to write about a Katydid. We do not have Katydids in England but I have seen and heard them when on holiday abroad. Today I have written a Haiku about the image Frank gave us and also Tanka.
There on the worktop
Katydid, double trouble
Never found at home
Wrong Tropic,wrong nature zone.
A harbinger of Autumn
Katydid is not found here.
Female, wife, full time mother and Grandmother. I am not as happy go lucky as I used to be but I am still bubbling along on simmer! I have three handsome sons all grown and flown.The youngest married with a beautiful wife and two sons of his own. Eleven years ago I was working, running a home, driving and socializing then bang in a split second all that was gone. I had an accident at home. I broke my back, not for the first time, I had broken it 10 years previously as well. Unfortunately this time I had broken it really badly and it was truly messed up so I had to have two operations. I was told before each operation that the outcome could mean I spend the rest of my life in a wheelchair. Still as some guy once wrote "I am still standing " yes "better than I ever was " not quite but with the help of a walking stick and as long as I do not stand or sit in one position for too long, I am still standing! Update I no longer use the walking stick . I had lots of friends before the accident but when things like this happen, you loose most of them. Their lives move on and mine stood still and so they left me behind ...I know that is just the way life is but it hurt and always will. Then I looked around and saw those who were still there for me, these friends are the roses in my garden they need to be tended well. They are the diamonds in the dust, I will of been married 50yrs plus this year . Pain and boredom are my enemies now, I have to find different ways to approach life, use my pain befriend it almost...yer right , well that is what they tell me at the pain clinic ROFLMAO ...... if only I could! I have found an outlet for my fears, frustrations and night terrors . I have started writing poetry if that name can be applied to my writing. I hope I do not come over as a moaning winger. I hope I am past all that. I also hope that you might see how the poetry is moving from very dark through the grey and hopefully in to light ?? I need to update this a little here. I have worked very hard over the years since my accident, I go to the gym regularly, I have a Pilates class and a core class once a week . The guys at the gym and my Pilates teacher cajoled, teased, bullied and encouraged me to abandon my walking stick! :) My back is no longer straight it is C shaped because of the injury and I have lost two and a half inches in height but my Pilates and Core teachers have helped me to stand up as straight and as strongly as possible. Pain and depression are still hanging on my arm but I have weapons to use against them and if I say so myself I cope well. I have made lots of new friends, real diamonds. I am also very grateful for all the support and help I have encountered here on Wordpress. Hugs and welcome to everyone who visits. View all posts by willowdot21
34 thoughts on “#Haikai Challenge #152 (8/16/20): katydid (kirigirisu) #haiku #senryu #haibun #tanka #haiga #renga”
Funny. I haven’t heard of Katydids for ages. Yet this weekend, three times!
Good job, sis 💜
Thank you Sis ,this is the second time I heard this creatures called Katydids, I had to look them up last year 💜
Terrific Willow Katydids back in fashion..xx♥
Yes indeed Sally, their name always reminds me of Sarah Chauncey Woolsey’s books What Katy Did and What Katy Did Next which I read as a child 🧐 💜
Nosalgia… It would be great to see some of the books from our childhoods reissued xxx
Yes it would, did you ever read What Katy Did?
Not when I was a child Willow but when we lived in Texas I looked after a little girl after school for some months until her father came home from work.. I was not allowed to work so he paid me in wine (that’s another story). He had a family copy and she and I would read the first book which is how I came to meet Katy.. Susan Coolidge was certainly prolific and she would be the J.K Rowling of the late 19th century.. a tough time for women writers.. xx
Oh! Yes indeed a good writer too. That sounds fine being paid in wine. Did you mention in your letters to your Dad about this job as I seem to remember mention of it before. Going back to Susan Coolidge I have not heard of How I Met Katy.💜
Hi Willow .. yes I have mentioned in the letter, well spotted.. and wine is always very welcome lol.. xx♥
Yes I bet it was 💜
That is great Love the picture
Stay well and laugh when you can
Thank you 💜
I never know the difference between all the different green things with long back legs. They sing at night anyway.
Yes indeed they do 😁
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#Haiku Happenings #6: Willow’s latest haiku and #tanka for my current #Haikai Challenge!
Thank you Frank that was fun ☺️
Fab poems. So is that a grasshopper?
Thank you, yes it’s either a grass hopper or a cricket 🦗 💜
So fun, Willow. I didn’t know this little bug either. ❤
It has such a lovely name dosen’t it 💜
Thay make that sound, “katydid,” is what I read.
Lol really 😁
I know right? 🤦🏼♀️ They are a type of grasshopper, I believe.
Or cricket 🦗 they are cute whatever 🙂
Thank you 💜
Not sure if katydids are around here either. Crickets for sure. Nice poetry duo!
Thank you, we don’t have them here, I don’t think. I had to look them up 💜